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? >> reporter: let's show you some of the savings when it comes to government spending. first of all, they put about $600 billion in what the republicans are calling health savings. we understand -- we don't have details. we understand much of that comes from medicare, things that we've heard from republicans over and over like raising the eligibility age, means testing, things like that. so then we have about $600 billion in essentially spending cuts, half from mandatory spending, half from discretionary spending. this is the other very interesting thing that's new. $200 billion from revising the consumer price index. that sounds very technical. but it has very real world consequences because it very much could affect the money, the checks that social security recipients in particular get every single month because it effectively changes inflation so it changes the formula from what they would get. >> significant differences between the white house proposal on this part of the equation as well as on the tax equation. the politics behind this latest republican counterproposal, are they just go
in the government's effort to go after the rebels. i mean, we have seen babies and children, women, civilians tortured and killed day after day in syria. and now the thought that they might unleash chemical weapons on them is focusing new attention on what happened back in 1988 when saddam hussein did it. he used the same type of chemical weapons to kill kurds, thousands of them. again, back in '88. thousands of innocent died in the attack, more than 10,000 suffered horrific injuries, not to mention -- we'll talk about it, exactly what happened in '88, how it unfolded, how they handled it and what the death toll was. they said birds just started dropping out of the sky, sheep and goats -- that was the first sign -- started keeling over in the fields dead, and then came the human death toll. it happens quickly, and it is awful. and it is one of the reasons why our government is taking this so seriously, this possible threat. and preparation now of weapons like sarin gas. more on that coming up in just a bit. >>> also from washington right now, fox news has confirmed that the fbi is today inves
the tax burden that americans are paying to the federal government. given that, do you support the proposal put forward by john boehner? >> well, because the proposal is significantly amorphous, you could get those revenues through economic growth and we don't really have things nailed down, i don't want to talk about a hypothetical, but there is a danger that when you put revenues on the table, even revenues through economic growth, if you grew at 4% a year, reagan levels, instead of 2%, french levels or obama levels, you would net $5 trillion in additional revenue to the government, you could pay down all of obama's additional debt by higher levels of growth, not raising taxes. so there's a lot of money to be gotten from growth. how they do this, we have to see it written down, but because the obama administration and spokesmen have been so emphatic about all taxes and no spending restraint, all taxes and actually spend -- another stimulus, another solyndra stimulus program -- >> i don't think they've mentioned solyndra, grover, but i'm sure they appreciate your mentioning of
congress is destroying the country. we need more people mo who will say no to the expansive government and the debt. >> bret: you were one of the guys saying no. you said no this week. the conservatives say we're losing to the point, guys saying no on the floor. what do you say to that? >> we are leaving the senate better than i found it. now i'm next to marco rubio and pat toomey, ted cruz and jeff blake and the people i have gone out to work with the americans to elect. there are champions to do this for me. i want to cover them. i want to help them by going to the american people. asking them to support people. when they say no. but also when they say yes to the right ideas. i'm in a more powerful position than single united states senator. i wouldn't feel good about leighing if we didn't have new bright young conservatives in the senate. but it's time that the con seventives take control of the message. let americans know what we can do to make their lives better. republicans haven't done that good of a job by a party doing that. >> we had thousands of e-mails after we broke news a
government climate report warns that flooding from future storms will likely get worse. thanks to sea levels rising faster than ever. scientists say global sea levels will rise 8 inches and 6 1/2 feet by 2100. since 1992,the levels rose half an inch. 8 million americans live in areas prone to coastal flooding. so learn how to swim everybody. >> temperature warms up. glaciers, ice caps melt. sea levels go up. >> wear a life preserver at all times. >>> here is a look at your weather now on this friday. showers in the midwest. and northeast. wet at time from the carolina coast done through florida. a few inches of snow in the dakotas, minnesota, wisconsin. heavier snow in the rockies and cascade. >> 40s from seattle to salt lake city. 53, colorado springs. 23 in fargo. 40s from omaha to new york. >>> here is one that brings to mind the phrase -- what are they going to think of next? an inventer in or gun has done something, come up with tt -- the doggy doorbell. >> ah, the brain child of keith gin who says he came up with the idea after his dog, bebl, ruined the doors by scratching them every t
about trying to presee medicare. so the government in this case is unusually probably trying to do the right thing. i don't know everything about it yet because it is ill a little furry around the edges. but aarp jumped on this. this is not good for members. the premiums. will go down. melissa: if it went through it could be good for the members in the sense that medigap premiums would go down. >> exactly. melissa: that is something thr members would really like. but once ain they would not. this is the big sticking point that happens again and again. >> right. melissa: you think aarp out there because you're a senior lobbying in your best interest. meanwhile on their website, call your congressman, do this, do that e-mails. you could be following their lead and doing things actually against your bes interest. >> yeah. the problem if you don't really pay attenon to what they're doing they mask it so beautifully. they really do, a good jo i watch their commercials all day long. always sounds like they're advocating for their seniors. they're advocating for dollars. melissa: yeah. >>
the future of gay marriage throughout the entire united states. at issue is the federal government defense of marriage act that defines marriage as only the union between a man and woman and california's proposition 8 which banned gay marriage was overturned by an appeals court. cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns has been following both cases for us. joe, explain the impact of today's decision. >> well, it is big impact. as you know, this is one of those cases that people talk about over the water cooler. let's start with proposition 8. very simple, wolf, it is the california ballot initiative passed in 2008 by the people of the state of california that established marriage as between a man and a woman. it overturned a court case that said same sex couples have the right to marry. windsor is the other case you were talking about, it is an attack on defense of marriage act which was passed in 1996 by the congress, signed by the president. it's called windsor against the united states. it is about a woman named edith windsor who had a long time relationship with her partner, and
of their money to the federal government without raising tax rates which we believe am harm our economy. >> one conservative in the senate is breaking ranks with his party over the whole idea of raising tax rates with the party. tom coburn told msnbc today he would be okay with doing what the president wants, raising taxes on the wealthy, as long as it is coupled with entitlement reform and spending cuts. the reason we're told is because he believes at this point it's better to do that to get what he and other republicans want long term, which is a fundamental overhaul of the tax code, perhaps they can get that if they give the president what he wants now. you remember, coburn was among the first republicans a couple years ago to say it was okay to raise revenue. now he appears to be the first senate republican to say he would be okay with raising rates as long as it's part of that package we described. >> a meeting or a phone call between john boehner and president obama, is that at all in the works? >> as far as we know, no. whether it's in the works, we could only hope, at this point we do n
more of their money to the federal government, without raising tax rates, which we believe will harm our economy. >> treasury secretary tim geithner also weighed in yesterday saying the president is willing to allow the nation to go over the cliff if republicans don't agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >>> we are learning new details about colorado's shooting suspect james holmes now that thousand of e-mails in the case have been reap leased. messages indicate holmes may have had a brief romantic relationship in the days before the tragedy. we have learned that in early june, holmes began specifically talking and fantasizing about killing a lot of people. his psychiatrist was so worried that she broke confidentiality and then contacted campus police. >>> here in new york, a suspect has been charged with murder for shoving a man to his death on the subway tracks. police say, 30-year-old, naim davis admitted to pushing the victim after the two argued on the platform. the judge denied davis bail. he admitted to police he stayed on the platform watching the man get struck by
. >> blankets hang across one alleyway to block government snipers' line of sight. the shooting is coming from there, the sniper, one of the fighters points out. they take us further forward. crawling through holes punched between buildings. they're just telling us that it's because of the snipers that they have to move through the various buildings like this. it's an urban version of first world war trenches. they etched forward by just one block. going any further is back breaking work. a rebel dashes down the street carrying a makeshift rocket launcher. it's a plastic tube. he later displays the rocket. this is a homemade rocket that was manufactured by the fighters themselves in this very battlefield. but they can't find the sand bags to stabilize the launcher. the weapons the fighters carry are spoils of war, captured from government forces, but they also make a promise. there is a message we have, one of the older fighters vows. when this is over, the guns will be handed over. i am just fighting to see my house down the road, he says. it's hard to fully absorb the scale of the devastatio
to to the weapons against rebels. now senior u.s. officials tell us that government forces have been moving chemical weapons on or near syrian airfield and it is believed that components of deadly sarin gas have been loaded into bombs at the airfield. monday, president obama warned syria not to use its chemical arsenal. we will stay on top of this developing story on this thursday morning. >> the u.s. made it very clear any use of chemical weapons by the assad regime would be a red line for the country we would, unlo unlike up until now, invoke military action to solve the situation, rebels getting close to damascus, a precarious situation, any use of chemical weapons would spawn deeper u.s. intervention. so something militarily families may want to keep an eye on as that develops. >> 100 people dying a day since the weekend. >>> in damascus. >>> major developments in the case of the missing leukemia patient. >> last seen on a hospital security video more than a week ago. now her father claims she is in mexico. abc's brandi hitt joins us from los angeles with the latest twist on this strange story.
government to write a big check to the state. we found with katrina, of the $140 billion, according to independent government auditors, there was rampant corruption and fraud and no bid contracts that went to cronies and we estimate that somewhere between 20 percent to 25 percent to 30 percent of the money was wasted on fraudulent contracts. it didn't helps victims. a lot of people got rich but it wasn't the people who lost their homes. >>neil: you can see money for a variety of purposes, the money coming in, helping the victims, helping sandy victims now, but it goes through a variety of nefarious purposes and could fill a hole in the budget. where is the backup to look at making sure this money is going for the pups to which it is intended? >>guest: this is the frustration as a taxpayer watch dog. going back to katrina we did not find out about a lot of this until a year or two years later and the american people had moved on and congress moved on so we didn't eleven any lessons. now we are about to make the same mistakes with respect to the clean up of sandy that we made when we
rely on food stamps. republicans say it's far too many. it's government assistance out of control. certainly a major theme during the republican primary. >> president obama has been historically the most effective food stamp president in american histor history. >> in light of the continuing controversy over food stamps, new jersey democratic mayor cory book booker will live on food stamps saying, quote, nutrition is not a responsibility of the government. >> as you mentioned this all sort of began as a back and forth on twitter. we'll get to that in detail in a moment. first i want you to look at something that mayor booker posted on his twitter account. it is a grocery store receipt from pathmark, detailing some of the things that he bought. you can't really see it closely but we can tell you some of the things that he bought include red delicious apples, yams, broccoli, corn, chickpeas and lots of black and pink beans. he is documenting his week on food stamps on twitter. that means that he will live off of about $30 a week on groceries. that works out to about $4.32 a day. and
on seniors. the government is warning reverse mortgages are not free money. >> turn equity into tax free cash. >> give you tax free cash. >> they're not being told. about the downside. >> reporter: right now in america, 57 seniors in reverse mortgages are in danger of losing their homes. nearly 10% foreclosure rate, 4 times higher than traditional mortgages. the department of housing and urban development will recommend congress prohibit large lump sum payments and recommend seniors be careful with reverse mortgages. is the reverse mortgage the last option? >> i really think it should be, absolutely. >> reporter: an option. >> it is a wonderful house. >> reporter: linda mcmahon regrets taking. >> i hope somebody enjoys it. >> reporter: jim avila, abc news, washington. >> you have to feel for her, too. here's the problem in a nutshell. unlike traditional mortgage. make your payments. equity. a reverse mortgage pays out equity in your home as cash. increases your debt and decreases your equity. that's the problem in a nutshell. that's how the woman got into the situation she did. it sounds good
. but sounding off, chanting anti-government and anti-president slogans. they've left that area, but the opposition still out here protesting against the president in tahrir square. >> we'll keep a close eye on that situation. i'm brooke baldwin in atlanta. thanks for being with me. let's go to wolf blitzer. "the situation room" begins right now. >>> happening now, president obama says we're out of time for anything but a down payment for solving the nation's spending crisis. >>> amid fears, the government may resort to chemical weapons, nato says yes to turkey to giving them patriot missiles. we'll talk to the former british prime minister, tony blair. >>> as they await a new heir to the throne, the british consider changing the rules about who can become king or queen. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama's latest ideas for getting past the standoff with house republicans. he now says there isn't enough time left to do a comprehensive deal, including tax reform, fixing medicare. so he wants congress to raise tax rates for the weal
now on cutting government spinding, but when you ask them to identify exactly what you want to cut, you get mishmash from them. you get $100 billion in medicare savings by increasing the retirement age from 65 to 67. you get some unspecified savings from reducing social security. the only specifics if you add them up are about $300 billion or $400 billion in specific cuts, the rest are inspecific. this is the party whose fundamental premise is to cut government spending. you ask them to identify how they want to do it, and they start speaking in gibberish. it shows you this is a phony, phony movement on the part of conservatives to cut government spending. >> absolutely. ari, the president took a question on twitter this afternoon. quote, what is your opposition to taking away deductions for the 2% rather than upping the rate? seems like a reasonable compromise. his answer, not enough revenue unless you end charitable deductions. he's right, isn't he? the math doesn't add up. it didn't add up with mitt romney. it doesn't add up today. >> it doesn't add up, and those targeted revenu
that syria's government is preparing chemical weapons for possible use. >> secretary of state clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting in ireland with the special envoy to syria. it is a sign that russia may be switching sides to put pressure on syria to stop the fighting. margaret brennan is in dublin covering those talks. good morning, margaret. do you think this is a sign of a diplomatic breakthrough? >> reporter: norah, it's a sign of a possible diplomatic breakthrough. u.n. envoy to syria is flying here to dublin for this last-minute meeting with secretary of state hillary clinton and the russian foreign minister. it may signal that russia is finally willing to take u.n. action to send a message to bashar al assad to stop the killing. russia one of syria's few remaining allies and so far have agreed to any interactions to stop the killing of thousands of people. >> charlie rose here. the reporting that they're mixing the ingredients for chemical weapons influence what the russians may be doing? >> reporter: the russian foreign minister says that the outside
's government is preparing chemical weapons for possible use. >> meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting in ireland with russia's foreign minister and the u.n. special envoy to syria. a sign russia may be switching sides to put pressure on syria to stop the fighting. in dublin covering talks, margaret, good morning. do you think this is a sign of a diplomatic breakthrough? >> reporter: norah, the sign of a possible diplomatic breakthrough. flying here to dublin for a last-minute meeting with secretary of state hillary clinton and the russian foreign minister. it may signal that russia is finally willing to take u.n. action to send a message to bashar al assad to stop the killing. one of april saud's few remaining allies and so faro posed action to intervene the crisis that killed nearly 40,000 people. >> margaret charlie rose here. has the report that david martin has, the story that david martin has reported that they're mixing the ingredients of chemical weapons influenced what the russians may be doing? >> reporter: well
the government, but soon they could face a weapon even deadlier than any they've seen so far. cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us with the latest new threat on the possible use of chemical weapons. >> reporter: wolf, the challenge is for the obama administration to figure out exactly what bashar al assad is up to with his deadly arsenal. the horror remains unspeakable. 25 years ago saddam hussein unleashed one of the worst poison gas attacks in history. thousands were killed. now, in syria, u.s. concerns are growing by the hour that bashar al assad may be planning the same thing against his citizens. >> the intelligence that we have raises serious concerns that this is being considered. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence shows syria has mixed chemical compounds needed to make a deadly agent that can quickly kill thousands. >> the united states and our allies are facing the prospect of an imminent use of weapons of mass destruction in syria. and this may be the last warning we get. >> reporter: the u.s. is not precisely saying what the syrians are doing, but there are two way
members of the house but people who are anti-politics in a certain kind of way from the tea party, anti-government, anti-compromise, when they come in to your group, it is impossible to lead. by the way, imt not someone who at any point criticized john boehner's leadership skills. i believe all those criticisms were misplaced. he had a problem with who got elected under his party banner. it's not that previous speakers were better leaders than he was. previous speakers didn't have as many crazy people in the room with him. >> that's a good point. >> let's see how much the republicans appreciate his sage counsel if he says guys, we have to hike rates. i'm waiting for that. speaking of that, lawrence, i know you were there in washington when the clinton rates that we're all talking about now went into effect back in 1993. you probably remember the republicans saying there would be a second recession and millions of jobs lost and none of of that happened in the 1990s. now we're back at the point where democrats for a decade have fought the lower rates and saying we need clinton rates. if it's going t
unemployment rates but you have a short-term stimulus where the federal government comes in, more fema people coming in, you get a short-term boost in employment because of these disasters. the other thing that will happen with the fiscal cliff is the massive withdraw of government spending and we haven't talked about that as much as taxes. people with less money because of tax cuts going away would have less money to spend into the economy but also the federal government withdrawing federal spending from parts of the economy that are used to getting it, the military, et cetera but other sectors nonmilitary. that's the other piece that could hurt people. >> when we talk about the fiscal cliff and back and forth that is happening between the white house and the hill, i guess i'm confused because on one hand there is a sense that this is all par for the course, they know they're going to get a deal done, it's fine, everything is good and then there's also this sort of the pr blitz which is, we are very far from a deal. this is what ayman alluded to this, the speaker had a press conference a few
government could use this constitution and deny them their rights. the president says the constitution is out there for everyone to see. if you don't like it, go vote no. >> that's what they all say. we all know how that's going to be. >> he is going to leave wresh is not our president anymore. >> if he continues like this, we are going to wait in the streets until he go out. >> reporter: opposition factions sounding as defiant as ever, rejecting the president's position who has tried to calm them down by trying to assure them that there is no plot by the muslim brotherhood to monopolize power and according to the president, the best way to solve this is for egyptians to go out on december 15th and vote. obviously, many of these opposition factions don't trust them. around 10:00 p.m. everyone started to go home, and now the question, will they be back tomorrow and the next day, and what options do they have beyond protesting? >> we've got reza on the phone in cairo. first of all, what are you seeing now? what is taking place? the sun is down, and obviously, people are taking to the streets ag
states government. there's nothing in the constitution that talks about a debt ceiling. this has become kind of in the past a pro forma process that has now turned into a financial armageddon each time it comes about and i do think granting the president these additional rights and then allowing congress with a two-thirds vote to say, hold on here, that might be a more appropriate way regardless of who is the president is. but i don't think yesterday's antics have that much to do with at least the current stage of the boehner/obama discussions. >> let's talk about the current stage. "new york times" saying it's one on one right now with the speaker and the president yet some leading democrats are saying, no, that's not the case. that they are still involved in the process. what do you know about that? >> well, it seems to me it's a pretty close circle at this point. an awful lot of us have been involved in the bipartisan efforts for 2 1/2 years. we understand that it's important to give the president and speaker some space. those of us who actually have plans that were north of $4 trill
millions and his work. marco rubio, pat toomey. very conservative, anti-tax, anti-government purists in the mold of jim demint. however, he also backed in republican primaries a number of republican candidates who simply were not electable according to the republican establishment and the establishment was right. for example, remember christine o'donnell, i'm not a witch, from delaware. ken buck of colorado. and others. so those are some of the reasons why he definitely has ruffled many a-feather with the party leaders and i have to tell you first thing i saw when the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell released a statement today was making the point that demint had, quote, uncompromising service. didn't have to read between the lines too much to see there's a backhanded compliment. >> dana, what about bigger picture here and talking about the republican party aenl just talking about folks like ryan and rubio, let's say, part of maybe the next generation republicans. do you think that demint's brand of republicanism is falling out of favor with sort of the newer version of what
in governing his own republican conference. there's a hardcore group of people that in his conference that came here to tear down. they have never adapted to having to govern. it's extraordinarily difficult to get a majority of his conference to go along with anything. the speaker has to jettison the rule, the majority of the majority rule where he won't take up anything without a majority of the republican conference. he can get something strongly bipartisan, but it may mean having to take on that conservative clique in his conference and say, look, we have responsibility to govern. we have responsibility to do the right thing, and the american people are counting on us and we have to acknowledge the argument we made against any kind of tax increase on upper income families, we've lost that fight and argument. it's time to come together and compromise. >> let me play what senator ron johnson said on cnn just this morning regarding the president and what he says the president is not understanding here. let's play it. >> this president just simply doesn't understand that, and so as a result he p
to be the low tax small government party. the other party leadership proposes, wait for it, $800 billion in tax increases. it's noted that the democrats have celebrated the proposal put out by president obama. meanwhile, you have a number of republicans slamming speaker boehner. how would you describe his position right now? >> well, he really didn't win for losing. he's trying to say to president obama if i wanted topaz your proposal i can't do it. he's really truly between a deal and promise and getting the fight over with and a conference that won't allow it. i think what senator demint is saying and house republicans are saying to john boehner is, let's go over the cliff. that we can live with the sequester and we absolutely will not raise tax rates no matter what. what that does is eliminate all of the tax cuts and then there's a new fight in january to push obviously by the democrats to restore tax cuts for 98% of americans. and then that will be muddied by the need for a debt ceiling increase and the fight goes in to february. it's government at the brink all the time. we don't know how
put forward stattory underpinning of regulation. the government says that's not necessary. by jingo, michael, if the press gets out of line on this pregnancy, there will be statutory underpinning before you can say whatever. what they'll be watching closely is how everyone else reacts. the commonwealth countries, australia, new zealand, canada, the paparazzi from the european countries. that is going to be the litmus test here. >> richard, as always, good to see you, my friend. richard quest here in london. it's going to be a busy nine months for you too. i look forward to the coffee mugs and commemorative plates. >> thanks. >>> more serious news, it could be the end perhaps of the two-state solution in the middle east. what we're talking about is a highly controversial israeli plan for a housing development in eastern jerusalem. it's a settlement that's going to make the creation of a viable contiguous palestinian state pretty much impossible. let's show you why. the proposed construction would separate the west bank cities of bethlehem and ramallah from jerusalem. essentially cut
department, the federal government spends that amount every eight 1/2 days. do you think that the point is purely political for the president since that's what he campaigned on? >> that is what speaker john boehner said, is that washington has a spending problem, not a tax problem. but speaker john boehner has a political problem in that their party's guy lost the election. there is no doubt about it that the math on both sides, they are far apart. and if you add up all the revenue that will only last of eight days of funding the federal government. but there has to be compromise. republicans will have to give some ground on taxes, whether it's 800 billion, or 1.6 trillion, maybe 1.2 trillion or in that range. of course whatever deal they reach they have to get the votes for, and that's just the beginning. this fiscal cliff deal if they reach one it's just the beginning of deal making because it's not going to solve the problem. there is going to be more talks going into 2013 on tax reform and dealing with the deficit further. >> reporter: bob cusack thank you so much for joining us. we
years has been controlling the spending, the size and growth of government. controlling the ability of the government to confiscate more of your wealth, to trust more on the middle class and the working class, small business owners. and that's really kind of the link. and that argument, you talked about being primaried, that's the central primary argument that will be -- hit them upside the head in two years when they run is wait a minute. we sent you to control spending, yet you increased taxes. it's not increasing taxes on the wealthy, it's just blanketly you increase taxes. so you've got all this noise going on. and boehner's got to try to figure out a way to give these guys some cover but know he's got to cut the deal. to your point, leigh, about how do you begin to pull it from the big plan to a smaller plan, that's really what the white house and boehner quietly are talking about. >> and what we don't want also is i think a kind of down payment deal that sort of makes it a two-part deal that just delays everything. >> i think you're going to get some of that. i think you'll pr
of chemical weapons by the syrian government, a conventional weapons strike on of all places a suburban school. 29 students and their teachers killed in a mortar attack in this camp just about 15 miles northeast of damascus. state run media is reporting that the rebels are behind the deadly shelling. battles east of damascus have grown especially bloody. government troops are trying to push back rebels who are inching closer and closer to the capital city. and in yet another sign that the syrian opposition is gaining ground to the north and the city of aleppo, a military academy is under siege. this was one of the syrian government's last strongholds. this is where some 450 government soldiers are being held by rebel forces. >>> a young girl suffering from cancer disappears after she and her mother leave the hospital. and now a police search and concerns about her health. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> the man in charge of fox news apparently sent a message to david petraeus about a run for president. but, the advice didn't stop there. >>> a warning for all americans. get ready. this
revenue. >> reporter: the big question still, what will the federal government do? pot is still illegal federally. tod today, a legal toke of revolution burning here and soon colorado. now the only thing the feds are saying is that they are reviewing the laws both here and in colorado. when this is done in the next year or so, it will look -- the pot landscape here in washington will look very different. the growers, the processors and the stores. there will be pot stores in washington state. that will be different. the one thing you won't be able to do, you won't be able to consume the pot in the stores themselves. you'll have to take it home and do it there. >> something else you won't be able to do. under washington's law, i can't grow pot in my own home, right? i can't sell it either. right? >> reporter: correct. that's the difference between the colorado and the washington law. you will no longer be able to home grow your own here, which is why a lot of the libertarian types, the long-time pot smokers here, they don't like this law. they feel it goes too far and criminalizes mariju
now the government is warning americans to be prepared. >>> you heard of smuggling drugs or even people. how about a t-rex? the lengths some are going to in order to own a piece of history. >>> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> president obama draws a hard line on taxes. >> republican and the white house both have offers on the table on how to resolve the nation's fiscal cliff crisis. >> we wasted an enormous amount of time here, sparring back and forth in public. it's a good time to get serious. >> let's just go over the [ bleep ] cliff. because you know why? at least for a few seconds, it will feel like we're flying. >>> this morning, police are questioning a man in that deadly subway push. they say he has implicated himself in the crime. >>> duchess of cambridge is continuing to feel better. >> australian radio station was able to pose as the queen, get information on the phone about kate's health. >> want to see
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. every man, woman, and child owing the government over $50,000 and that number is increasing every single year. and i think as a result our members understand that we've got to solve the problem and we will. >> so the bottom line is it really seems obvious, especially after talking to members coming out of that meeting, that they have been able to at least so far turn the rank-and-file and obtained them and said to the conference, the american people re-elected, meaning the president, and re-elected us. that's not a mandate to raise taxes. it's a mandate to work together. >> mandate to work together which means they may not go on their break which is expected. i heard the speaker tell you that he's going to tell you as well. quickly, dana, he's going to stay regardless of whether they go on break, right? >> reporter: right. and the question was the house of representatives is going to finish their work this week in about 45 minutes and it's only wednesday. >> right. >> reporter: they are going to go home. they are not going to be in session on thursday or friday. i asked the speaker wheth
against syria are changing. senior pentagon officials tell cnn the syrian government could be escalating the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially take out that kind of capabilities. so that's the options that are now being worked on. deb? >> i mean, t
in 15 minutes. all this comes as the government announces a gain of 146,000 jobs in the month of november. the unemployment rate fell to 7.7%. that is the lowest in four years but that was mostly due to people who stopped looking for work. both sides agree the u.s. does not want to follow down the path of greece. what is to blame there? too much austerity or too much taxation? we'll look at the problems inside his own party, for speaker boehner. it's friday. that means the lightning round with the panel. "special report" from washington starts at 6:00 eastern. now back to new york and "the five." ♪ ♪ >> bob: kay. there is music for you. on december 3 last year, 16-year-old tyler alfred from oklahoma was driving under the influence and crashed his pickup truck killing his passenger and friend 16-year-old john luke. he pleaded guilty to first degree man slaughter in august. in the muskogee county -- it's oklahoma, district judge mike norman he sided not to give him -- decided not to give him jail time. but order to attend church regularly for ten years. i have several though
expenses, it makes no sense for the government to pay medicare costs for someone earning $700,000 a year. so i think we can do some means testing. but by no means am i saying it should be low enough so our elderly and poorist americans are going to pay for the deficit. but we want a deal. and keep in mind, i think this is very important. if the bush tax cuts are expired, as they will be, just as sure as today is friday, they are gone, that generates $950 billion toward the deficit over a ten-year period. we'd set aside $1.2 trillion. we're almost there. and if you do means testing on medicare, we make it. >> well, the republicans would never go along with that kind of means testing because that would hit the wealthier americans. that's who they are going to protect. how would that work out? >> what i would hope is if republicans fight a deal like that because they want to protect the wealthiest, i think the american public is going to see through that and they are going to become vocal. the mail we're getting from all over the country suggests that the american public says that the upper
is really strengthening its strangle hold on this syrian government is going to be to employ chemical weapons to deliver that final and deadly blow. >> in northern syria for us on the scene, aura, be careful. thanks so much. here in washington, a massive show of force on capital hill. up next, the message some senior citizens are sending lawmakers looming the fiscal cliff. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. bp has paid overthe people of bp twenty-threeitment to the gulf. billion dollars this season, discover aleve. to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. ♪ ooh baby, can i do for you today? ♪ [ female announce
the government to put out next year, that were in some of secretary geithner's proposal last week, brooke. >> let's go back over that so everyone is on the same page, we had treasury secretary tim geithner went over the hill last thursday and delivered the white house proposal there. once again, just run through that proposal for me, jessica. >> so the headlines are they would like to see $1.6 trillion in tax increases both in the form of higher rates and some closing of loopholes, limiting deductions. $600 billion in cuts both in the form of cuts to entitlements, and other, like, medicare. and then some limiting of farm subsidies. and then $50 billion in additional stimulus spending, and some other measures. those are some of the -- just the big highlights, brooke. and i would add that secretary gheit meeithner made clear over weekend that the tax increases they would like to see would be a return to the clinton era rates for the top 2%. and some of this, you know, is what he laid out with the president laid out after the debt deal last year. so it is a proposal that is familiar from the white h
the connection between this situation and the situation we were in around 1995 when there was a government shutdown. republicans thought they could drive this to the bitter end, and what happened? the american voters actually blamed them, the republicans, for what happened. i think it's a pattern in american politics when things happen that are, in effect, harmful government shutdowns, if you will, or breakdowns of process, the blame usually ends up on the side of the obstructionists in the republican party. i think there are enough republicans who want to win re-election who see that the strategy of obstruction failed them in this last election. they want to pivot and make a rebrand of the republican party. those are the folks that are the deciding votes in the republican caucus, enough to combine with democrats who shorten that margin in the house to get something passed. >> an interesting note, erin. congresswoman bass mentioned another possible strategy from democra democrats. earlier told nancy pelosi tsd if speaker boehner refuses to schedule this for a vote, democrats will introduce
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